Fordham Law

DRS Named Semifinalist in National Environmental Competition

April 12, 2010

Fordham Law’s Dispute Resolution Society Merhige Environmental Negotiation Team was named a Semifinalist in the Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National
l-r: Tavish DeAtley '12, Jason Friedman '11, Nicole Mazanitis '10, Iverson Long '11, Andra Prutu '12, Chris Lunde '10, and Jordan Manekin '10
Environmental Negotiation Competition, held March 26-27, 2010.

After a strong showing on day one by pairs Iverson Long '11, Tavish DeAtley '12, Jason Friedman '11 and Andra Prutu '12, Long and DeAtley advanced to the semifinal round. 

Held each spring at the University of Richmond School of Law, the Merhige competition focuses on environmental regulation and development. This year, the competition centered on wetland mitigation banking, finance, and land use. The competition drew 32 teams from across the country.

“Due to the dedication of its members, the DRS has once again advanced Fordham Law School to the highest levels of national competition,” said Society Chairman Michael Camarinos '10.

Merhige Negotiation Editor Chris Lunde '10 coached the team, which received substantial support and assistance from Competition Editor Nicole Mazanitis '10, ABA Negotiation Editor Jordan Manekin '11, Professors Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, Deborah Shapiro and Peggy Leibowitz, alumni Adrienne Reina '08 and Dyer Halpern '06, and the Society at large.

Fordham Law's Dispute Resolution Program is ranked 10th in the nation by the 2010 U.S. News & World Report. The Dispute Resolution Society competes in national and international mediation, negotiation, and arbitration competitions, hosts an annual symposium attended by hundreds of academics and professionals in the ADR field, hosts the Annual Fordham Vis Practice Moot, and teaches a course on negotiation techniques to local high school students at MLK Jr. High School. For more information, please visit the DRS website.